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Benefits of LED Lighting for Industrial Needs

Compared to inefficient incandescent lighting, LED is an innovative technology. While the initial price point of LED bulbs are more expensive, the energy savings and projected life span may sway nonbelievers, especially in the growing industrial sector.

A recent article from UK-based Catherine Dickinson examines the benefits of LED lighting to the industrial sector. “The reality is that LEDs easily match the lumens of more traditional bulbs because LED light is simply brighter than the alternatives.”

Another benefit is that LEDs generally last longer and save energy. “A typical domestic LED light will last 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb, and a UK study has indicated that 3 million kWh per year could be saved by introducing LED lighting in social housing.

While the initial cost of LED lamps may be expensive, the savings can add up and have a huge impact on efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of a warehouse, factory, or any other industrial building.

Source: Green Building Elements

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Are Retrofits Better for Efficiency?

A recent study found that simple behavior changes can drastically lower energy use in commercial buildings. So does this mean the end of retrofits?

FirstFuel, a Massachusetts-based company that analyzes energy consumption in buildings, says that behavioral changes are a primary driver to efficiency problems in commercial buildings.

The company examined utility data for 60 million square feet of commercial buildings across the U.S. It found that “half of energy efficiency opportunities could be realized with simple operational improvements.” This could save about $12 million across the facilities sampled.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean companies could rule out retrofits. In fact, implementing operational changes and retrofits are both great ways to reduce costs.

“Operational change is a crucial part that provides a high-volume and low-cost way to allow building owners to figure out how to spend their time. But it’s the first step in the process.”

Either way, it’s not surprising that businesses and owners are moving forward toward the intelligent monitors to help change behavior but often you need the controls and systems to execute it.

Source: Green Tech Media

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Corporate Sustainability in Ten Steps

Corporate sustainability is not for the weak of heart. In fact, making the switch to energy efficiency does take a certain amount of commitment to the project and its future benefits. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

Here is a simple, straightforward and effective approach, developed by Yudelson Associates, to create corporate sustainability in your business.

1. Setting the Vision: where do you want sustainability to take your company?

2. The Task Force: develop a group that will work to make that vision happen.

3. Examining Green Options: what should your company do?

4. Adopting Sustainability Initiatives: make choices and move forward.

5. Staffing the Green Initiative: who’s going to do the work? Often, someone needs to be hired.

6. Internal Education and Training: a commitment to educating and training the staff is key.

7. Green Building: long-term sustainability can be dependent on your building, and should be reworked so that green becomes the norm.

8. Green Operations: the property management side can include negotiating recycling contracts, investments on property, and conducting a host of other activities.

9. Communications: effective communication is key in telling the story of your green initiatives.

10. Continuous Improvement: “ongoing corporate sustainability is about continuous improvement, using environmental and energy metrics.”

Corporate sustainability is a long-term commitment. And while there is plenty of work involved, with the right vision, projects, and partners any company can appreciate the rewards and benefits.

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